Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says it looks as though Jacob Davenport will be out for weeks rather than months, following the midfielder’s latest injury setback.
Davenport was part of a Blackburn XI who beat Macclesfield Town 3-1 in a behind closed doors friendly last week, but was replaced after just half an hour of the game due to injury.
Providing an update on the midfielder’s fitness following Rovers’ 3-0 friendly win at Bury on Wednesday night, Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Jacob is going to have to be a good few weeks, without sticking a date on it.
“He’s affected a little bit of ankle ligament and a bit of damage to his knee, but nothing significant.
“It won’t be months and months and months, it’s weeks.”
The 20-year-old made the move to Ewood Park from Premier League champions Manchester City on a four-year contract last summer.
A string of injuries, however, meant Davenport didn’t make his first-team debut for Rovers until the final of day of the Championship season, when he impressed as a substitute in a 2-2 draw with Swansea, and discussing Davenport’s approach following this latest blow, Mowbray added: “We all feel for Jacob but he has to grin through and get on it and get himself back fit and competing as soon as he can.”
This will be a hugely frustrating situation for Davenport.
Having missed so much of last season through injury, you imagine the midfielder would have been desperate to make up for lost time as much as possible, and secure himself a regular starting place at Ewood Park.
That has now become even more difficult, as it may be tough for Davenport to force himself into the side once he is fit again, given the opportunity there is for another central midfield pairing to establish themselves as first choice in that area of the park at the start of the campaign.
One positive is that the injury looks set to keep Davenport out for weeks rather months, suggesting that the midfielder will at least be able to get some chances to enjoy some time in the first team in the coming campaign.